CRIME WRAP

2019-01-29 06:00

V Manenberg: Manenberg police seized 154 Mandrax tablets and 19 units of heroin in Usk Road on Tuesday 8 January. According to Manenberg police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett, the K9 Unit discovered the drugs on an open field next to an electricity substation during an open area search. “It is the first week back to school and we would want to root out the drug trade as this contributes to learner drop-outs. It has become a huge distraction to our youth and fuels gang-related crimes,” said Manenberg Police Station commander Brigadier Enolium Joseph. He adds that Manenberg Police Station encourages all learners to be more beware of their choices and refrain from experimenting with drugs. “We can only be successful in stopping the scourge of drugs if our youth generate more positivity towards life and say no to drugs. Parents are encouraged to seek assistance when their children experiment with drugs and to be extra cautious when children are allowed to do okka (hookah) pipe,” said Joseph.

V Heideveld: Manenberg police arrested a 34-year-old man for the possession of a firearm and ammunition in Heideveld on Saturday 12 January. “Officers are deployed within the precinct to squeeze criminals, not giving them any room to move. Our high-density patrols are effective, with officers tasked to be visible so that the community can provide information and they should follow up as swiftly as possible,” said Bennett. After a pursuit of the suspect in Rosa Court, a .38 revolver with five live rounds was seized. The revolver’s serial number had been removed, making it a prohibited firearm.

V Nyanga Junction: Manenberg police are investigating a case of attempted murder after a 42-year-old woman was shot and seriously injured on Monday 14 January. Bennett said eyewitnesses say the woman, a security guard, was on duty at the Shoprite store at Nyanga Junction. “She and another male colleague walked down Duinefontein Road towards Imam Haroon Road, near the fruit and vegetable hawkers, and three unknown men approached them. One of the unknown men pointed at the 42-year-old female security officer, while the other pulled out a firearm and randomly fired several shots at her, hitting her in the head, cheek and in the back. Her colleague was hit in the hand,” said Bennett. The suspects fled the scene on foot and both security officers were taken to hospital for emergency medical treatment. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information regarding this shooting can call Manenberg Police Station on 021 699 9400 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

V Athlone: Athlone police are investigating a case of armed robbery and carjacking after a 22-year-old man was threatened with a firearm by three unknown men who entered the Moravian Church in Bosduif Road in Bridgetown on Thursday 24 January. Athlone police spokesperson Sergeant Zita Norman says one of the suspects pointed a firearm at the staff member at the church and demanded to see the safe. “The man complied and they took all the money inside, amount undisclosed,” says Norman. Norman adds that the 22-year-old entered as the robbers were busy robbing the church. He was allegedly robbed of his money and had his car keys. It is alleged that the suspects then locked the two men inside the church and fled in the 22-year-old man’s silver VW Polo. Norman says the men managed to unlock themselves with the spare keys of the church and contacted the police thereafter. Anyone with information on crime can call the police at Crime Stop at 0860 010 111 or Athlone police station on 021 697 9239.

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